Peak 10751 (Midway Mountain)

Elevation: 10,751 ft
Prominence: 451

Peak 10751 (Midway Mountain). Larry Prescott Photo

This peak is not in the book. Judi Steciak provided photos and a route description for the peak’s Northwest Ridge. Livingston Douglas has provided an alternative descent route off this peak which is set out below. Updated December 2019


Peak 10751 is located on the main Lemhi Ridge Crest roughly midway between Bell Mountain and Diamond Peak. This peak is best climbed as part of the Lemhi Enchainment, Little Sister to Foss Mountain Route pioneered by Larry Prescott. The link to Larry’s original trip report (which contains many more photos) is found below. This traverse starts by climbing Little Sister and then traversing to Big Sister, Little Brother, Midway Mountain, Peak 10681 and Foss Mountain. The journey covers 13 miles with 7,300 feet of elevation gain. The entire route is Class 2. USGS Bell Mountain

Peak 10751 (Midway Mountain). Larry Prescott Photo

Midway Mountain. Larry Prescott Photo


Northwest Ridge, Class 2

Follow the directions to the mining road [(C)(8) on Page 318]. At the first switchback on the road, turn east and walk up a faint track. Leave the track when it veers south. Continue east and gain the foot of the broad sub-ridge that heads toward Point 9523. Contour to the saddle north of Point 9523. Traverse down into Cedar Run Canyon and gain the base of the Northwest Ridge of Peak 10751. Follow the ridge to the summit on generally good footing. This route, either as an ascent or descent, allows a loop hike of Peak 10681 and Peak 10751.

Diamond Peak peeks above the saddle between Pt. 10,722 on the L and Pk. 10,781 on the right. The NW Ridge of Pk. 10,781 follows the right skyline. Judi Steciak Photo

Diamond Peak peeks above the saddle between Point 10722 (left) and Peak 10781 (right). The Northwest Ridge of Peak 10781 follows the right skyline. Judi Steciak Photo

View of Peak 10751 and its Northwest Ridge as viewed from the saddle north of Point 9523. Judi Steciak Photo


Northwest Ridge/Cedar Run Canyon (Descent) by Livingston Douglas 

Date of Descent: June 28, 2019

Access

The access road for Mud Spring/Cedar Run Creek is located on the Little Lost River Highway, exactly 0.3 miles N of the [signed] Pass Creek Road junction in Clyde and 28.0 miles N of Howe. Turn R/E onto the [unsigned] access road and set your odometer to 0.0. At 0.3 miles, turn R/S after crossing the Little Lost River on a bridge. Cross a cattle guard. At 1.0 miles, turn L/NE at an unsigned road junction. This is Mud Spring Road. At 1.2 miles, go L at an unsigned junction.  At 4.1 miles, reach the end of Mud Spring Road in a meadow/cow pasture. Park/camp here (6,900 feet).

The Descent

From the summit of Midway Mountain, cruise down the broken scree and easy rock of the Northwest Ridge to 9,800 feet. At this point, the ridge becomes rounded and ill-defined. To avoid the steepest terrain and to minimize the forest bushwhack, descend N on scree/gravel (boot-ski if you wish) to reach the forest below. Once you reach the pine forest, the pace slows down considerably. The pine forest has lots of blowdown to navigate around/through. You will soon reach the creek drainage of Cedar Run Canyon.

The 4-mile bushwhack down Cedar Run Canyon is a real chore. Sometimes the creek bed is wet, and sometimes it is bone dry. It’s mostly a dry drainage. There is a lot of blowdown and boulders in the narrow canyon. In areas where it is feasible, side-hilling in the forest works better than the center of the drainage. There are no signs of animal activity until well down the canyon. Animals don’t want to mess with this stuff. The final mile of the canyon descent is joyful. Use a cattle trail then an old 2-track jeep road to reach the meadow at the mouth of the canyon and your parked vehicle. No doubt the cattle will be waiting for you.

Midway Mountain (summit is just right of center) and the Northwest Ridge coming straight at the camera and descending steeply to Cedar Run Canyon. View is from a ridge on the west side of Cedar Run Canyon. Livingston Douglas Photo

Midway Mountain (summit is just right of center) and the Northwest Ridge coming straight at the camera and descending steeply to Cedar Run Canyon. View is from a ridge on the west side of Cedar Run Canyon. Livingston Douglas Photo

The black-rock summit cairn atop Midway Mountain, with Bell Mountain in the background. Livingston Douglas Photo

The black-rock summit cairn atop Midway Mountain, with Bell Mountain in the background. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Longitude: -113.13869   Latitude: 44.18759

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